Take the software, features, and camera that make Pixels great, but cut the price down — now you have a Pixel 3a. Strategic cutbacks in the hardware and specs are noticeable. But you may not care when you get to save money and keep that compact form factor you desire. Just be aware that the Pixel 4a is right around the corner; wait if you can.
Google has done a stellar job releasing the “same” Pixel in two sizes. The Pixel 4 doesn’t miss out on any features from its larger sibling — it has the same specs, cameras, and stereo speakers. The display may be smaller, but it’s the same quality. The only downside here is battery life, which is frankly poor — so watch out for that.
The Galaxy S10e offers a 5.8-inch display that’s perfect for one-handed use. Samsung didn’t compromise on the hardware, keeping the same general spec sheet as the other S10s, plus all of the features like wireless charging, a headphone jack, and MicroSD card slot. Though it’s over a year old, it now has Samsung’s latest software.
Samsung doesn’t just make great expensive phones anymore — the company is filling the needs of budget users, too. The Galaxy A10e costs less than you think but doesn’t skimp on the necessities, especially around the display. Bright and vibrant, the 5.8-inch screen goes edge-to-edge, facilitating the Android 9 Pie-based software. There’s also a dual camera setup on the back, 32GB of storage, and is compact enough to easily fit in one hand.
The Nokia 7.1 has been replaced by the newer 7.2, but its successor is much larger. To stay compact, stick with the 7.1, and you’ll save money at the same time. It has a vibrant 5.8-inch display, and the Snapdragon 636 processor ensures you don’t see any lag. Then there’s the software — it runs Android One, guaranteeing a clean interface and timely security updates even though it’s getting older.
The Nokia 5.1 is incredibly inexpensive, but that also means it keeps things modestly sized with a 5.8-inch display. The specs are basic, as is the design, but for this money, you can’t have any complaints. You get everything you need, in a compact package, for a compelling price.